Due to its tumultuous history, the country’s rugged mountains and breathtaking vistas have largely been a secret kept by the traders and shepherds that have called them home for centuries—until recently. A group of local tour operators is now working to broadcast that secret, promoting Europe’s youngest country as its newest adventure travel destination
September 2016—Faruk Kosumi is a born salesman, but he insists that his newest venture—Kosovo’s first glass waste recycler—sells itself. “What we end up with is more than just a product, it is art,” the 32-year-old CEO explains.
At Lane kindergarten in Kosovo’s municipality of Zvečan/Zveçan, 330 children learn, play together, and explore their world with energy and curiosity. Despite an excellent learning environment, Lane faced threats of closure last year following a kitchen health inspection. The kitchen simply did not meet minimum food safety standards.
In 2015, during an overwhelmingly fruitful first season, they sold 6 tons of raspberries, generating an income of about $12,400. For their second season, the couple quickly expanded their farm by more than fourfold, to 3.2 acres. As a result, they now expect to bring in a larger harvest—and greater profit.
Rexhep Kameraj, Leonora Javori, Blerona Tmava, and Afrim Berisha are all “super changers,” or some of the most engaged participants on the online platform Fole n’Fole (Speak in the Nest). There, young people are free to post articles and discuss their opinions on politics and other social topics such as opportunities at school and university. There are over 600 active members on the site, with posts and debates happening regularly.
Last updated: February 23, 2017